Some managers mistakenly believe there’s no danger in firing a new part-time employee. That’s just not true. Remind them to always run discipline by HR before taking action.
Recent case: Bernard, who is black, was fired from his part-time job as a laborer a few weeks after being hired. He sued, claiming the reason was his race. His boss said it was because Bernard was already looking for another job and complained about having to work out of town.
Bernard argued that white employees also complained about working out of town or were looking for other jobs but weren’t fired.
The court said that was sufficient grounds for a discrimination lawsuit. It also noted that Bernard was fired a day after he complained that his boss had called him a racial slur, which was more evidence of motive. (Israel v. Insight Pipe Contracting, No. 12-1247, WD PA, 2013)
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